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LGBT Equality Caucus Expands, Constrains Members to Varying Effect

Since its re-registration as an official Congressional Member Organization of the 111th Congress, the LGBT Equality Caucus has expanded, welcoming additional members Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Steve Israel of New York and Chellie Pingree of Maine. The caucus boasts 79 members now, nearly one out of five members of the House of Representatives. By the [...]

Pelosi, Impediment to Torture Investigation? Pelosi, Resign.

Which matters more to the Democratic Party: the preservation of civil liberty, human rights and constitutional government — or the preservation of Party leaders’ power? We are about to find out.

Information continues to dribble out regarding Nancy Pelosi’s early knowledge that the U.S. Government under George W. Bush was torturing the people it had [...]

Act! Tell Your Member of Congress to Cosponsor H.R. 104, the Bill to Kick-Start a Torture and Surveillance Commission

Since George W. Bush left office, information has emerged to blow the Bush lie that “we do not torture” out of the water, replacing it with the uncomfortable count of hundreds of instances of U.S. torture and the hint that still more instances of torture remain hidden from the public. Torture and conspiracy to commit [...]

Senate Quietly and Unanimously Passes Legislation Preventing Changes to FISA Amendments Act or Patriot Act

Last June, the U.S. Senate was poised to pass the FISA Amendments Act (full text here) — a bill that made permanent the warrantless surveillance system enacted by 2007’s Protect America Act, adding on legal immunity for any past spying on Americans without a warrant. In the course of considering the FISA Amendments Act, a [...]

Who Follows John Murtha on Military Bills? Magliocchettites?

To date, Congressman John Murtha of Pennsylvania has been a central congressional figure in the FBI’s investigative hairs this year: Murtha is suspected of doling out military contracts in the form of earmarks to the clients of lobbyist Paul Magliocchetti, in exchange for campaign contributions to Murtha from Magliocchetti, his family, his employees and his [...]

Are Congressional Recipients of Magliocchetti Largesse Acting on the Basis of Pre-Existing Policy Preference, Or…?

As federal investigators prepare to shift the focus their latest probe of military contracting corruption to Capitol Hill, it’s worth considering what investigators might be looking for. The power players are set: Paul Magliochetti, his PMA Group lobbying firm, his family of donation clones and the members of Congress who received and doled out largesse. [...]

Progressive, Populist, Labor: Connection in Three Congressional Caucuses

As mentioned earlier this month, the substantive agenda of the House of Representatives’ Populist Caucus fits as a subset inside the substantive agenda of the House Progressive Caucus. The Populist Caucus proclaims its “middle class” orientation (over and over and over again) to shoring up economic security through pushing for better provision of health care [...]

Adam Smith Supports Labor Unions

…while another invisible hand flips over and over to incessant distraction in the grave.

It tickles me to no end that the name of one of the members of the Congressional Labor and Working Families Caucus is Adam Smith.

Tee hee hee hee hee. That is all.

8 Republicans Try to Stop Kids from Saying the Pledge of Allegiance

Last year, 15 Republicans in the House of Representatives did their darndest to stop kids at public schools from saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Yes, Republicans opposed the speaking of the Pledge of Allegiance.

These Republicans issued a threat in their bill, H.R. 6783: if a school mandates or even just permits the Pledge of [...]

No Overlap Between House LGBT Caucus and House Prayer Caucus

The Congressional Prayer Caucus and the House LGBT Equality Caucus each has a large number of members. The two caucuses have absolutely no members in common.

Congress' Progressive Caucus Characterized by Varying Lassitude

Although the Congressional Progressive Caucus has developed a reputation as a take-no-prisoners group in the House of Representatives, organized and relentless in its pursuit of radical legislation, the reputation doesn’t match reality. A look at the record of the Progressive Caucus shows wide variation among members in the level of support for both particular bills [...]